Grape: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
Tasting Notes: Dark fruit, Cassis, Graphite, Oak
Château Batailley, a 5th Growth Pauillac of the famed 1855 Classification, is Borie-Manoux’s flagship property. The name is derived from the battle (bataille) that took place during the Hundred Years’ War around 1453, where the château and vineyard are presently located. In 1961 the estate was transferred to Denise and Emile Casteja. Their son Philippe Casteja, with the help of his son, Frederic Casteja manages Chateau Batailley today. The family also owns Chateau Lynch-Moussas, Chateau Trottevieille and other Bordeaux estates as well as a massive Negociant company, Borie-Manoux, which dates back to 1870.
This a classically styled Batailley in the vein of previous vintages with very good structure. medium-body, firm and bold tannins, uplifting acidity, and good depth. The palate flaunts flavors of blackberry, cassis, black plum, black cherry, graphite, charred oak, earth, vanilla, and leafy tobacco, with a hint of leather. Will pair wonderfully with roasted leg of lamb.